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News January 17, 2019
The Bay Area’s newest transit system will reach an important milestone this week as the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will surpass its 1 million-passenger mark after just over a year of service.   SMART ridership statistics show that the transit agency will reach the million-rider mark by...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
News January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.   The amount of federal...
Stantec MAX Purple Line Calgary

Image: Jaime Vedres/Stantec

News January 04, 2019
The MAX Purple dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, the first of its kind in Calgary, Alberta, recently opened for service in the community.   The design, led by Stantec, has transformed the corridor into a multimodal street with a strong focus on the needs of pedestrians and transit, while...
rail systems positive train control implementation
News January 03, 2019
Only four of the 41 rail systems in the nation required to implement positive train control (PTC) met the end-of-the-year deadline in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).   A CNN report indicates that the remaining rail systems, including Amtrak, have either applied...
Connecticut DOT making progress on Walk Bridge replacement
News December 24, 2018
Few are the bridges in the U.S. that have been around as long as the Norwalk, Conn., Walk Bridge. The 122-year-old structure has been a stalwart corridor, carrying rail traffic on Metro-North’s New Haven Line as well as Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor that serves passengers traveling...
Dallas commuter rail line
News December 18, 2018
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has approved a $783 million contract for Archer Western Herzog joint venture to design and build the 26-mile Cotton Belt commuter rail line.   The line will stretch across North Texas from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Plano, and it will connect...
Colonial Road Bridge
Article December 17, 2018
In 2014, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) initiated the full replacement of a 115-year-old bridge in the village of Thomaston, N.Y. Thomaston, located in Nassau County, Long Island, is a mere 0.4 sq miles. The town is separated in two by a single-line railroad track which opened in 1898, and has...
News December 13, 2018
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected Walsh Construction, along with joint venture partner Fluor, as the preferred partner to design and build Phase One of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program.   The $2.1 billion project will be the largest capital project in the CTA’s history...
Transportation grant funding
News December 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday announced the nearly $1.5 billion FY 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant awards, of which $195 million was awarded to public transportation-related projects.   Of the grants awarded, 13% were for 15...
high-speed rail in Florida
News November 29, 2018
Brightline got the go-ahead Wednesday from the state of Florida to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa.   The link envisioned would eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation’s...
Boring Company tunnel

Image: Boring Company

News November 28, 2018
Elon Musk's Boring Co. is abandoning plans to build a 2.5-mile test tunnel underneath the 405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westside area of Los Angeles.   The controversial project had been the focus of a lawsuit filed by two neighborhood groups, accusing L.A. officials of violating state...
GAToRS bus stops
Article November 27, 2018
The implementation of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), as part of the Florida Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative (Florida-CAVI), has led to a collaboration with the University of Florida to create a test bed called the I-...
high-speed rail
News November 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule establishing safety standards for railroad passenger equipment.   The rule represents one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century,...
light-rail line
News November 20, 2018
Sound Transit has secured an agreement with the federal government for a $1.2 billion grant to go towards the planned 8.5-mile Northgate-to-Lynnwood light-rail line in Washington State, in the Seattle area.   The agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) still...
rideRTC transit app

Image: Southern Nevada RTC

News November 16, 2018
Beginning Dec. 2, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada will implement its annual transit service changes and improvements that include increased service on nine popular routes.   In addition to these service changes, the transit agency also has updated its rideRTC transit...
Connecticut DOT opens rail discount program to boost ridership
News November 14, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a new program that offers discounts and deals for rail riders at a variety of businesses in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The Transit Rewards Program will be applied to riders that use the Hartford Line, the Shore Line East...
smart shuttles
News November 13, 2018
A new line of low-speed, self-driving shuttle buses will begin operating in Columbus, Ohio, starting in December as part of citywide efforts to improve transportation.   The project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation; Smart...
road funding
News November 07, 2018
California voters rejected Proposition 6 at the polls on Tuesday, a measure to repeal a recent increase in the state’s gas tax, according to a report from The Mercury News.   The fate of Prop 6 was believed to determine the fate of California’s roads, bridges and transit, as the measure would have...
streetcar
News November 06, 2018
The new streetcar system in the city of Milwaukee opened late last week.   The roughly 2-mile system, known locally as The Hop, connects the city's east side to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, which is served by Amtrak and intercity buses.   According to The Hop website, this initial route...
bicycle and transit lane
News November 01, 2018
Two traffic lanes will be designated for bicyclists and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses on a mile-long stretch of Halsted Street on the Near North Side of the city under a pilot program launching Thursday.   Beginning this week, a shared curbside lane in each direction of Halsted between...
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